(Wayne Allyn Root, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – I’m just returning from a long business trip to five Asian countries. For today’s column, I’ve turned to a brilliant Las Vegas entrepreneur and visionary. I love great Vegas success stories. So, I interviewed Ron Coury. He has one of the quintessential “Only in Vegas” stories.
Ron’s story is of an honorably discharged U.S. Marine moving from his beloved Brooklyn to small-town Las Vegas in 1974. Little did Ron realize that this decision — his first Vegas job earned him $18 per day — would be the launching pad for his involvement in the ownership of more than 20 companies and the fulfillment of his dream to become an entrepreneur.
Ron was inseparable from his fellow Marine buddy, Dan Hughes. Hungry, ambitious and aggressive, it was just five years before they embarked on their first business, a small tavern on what was then the outskirts of town (the corner of Spring Mountain and Jones). Suburban Lounge West would be their launching pad into Vegas business mega-success.
For Ron (with Dan and later other partners) his holdings would include casinos, banks, restaurants, a printing facility, a limousine service, a car wash and convenience store, a wholesale glass and mirror business, automobile dealerships in two states, high tech start-ups, an expansive real estate portfolio, a reality TV show and the writing of his autobiography — with interest from Hollywood for a movie adaptation.
For a kid in Brooklyn who shined shoes at a subway stop at the age of 15, this was truly “the American Dream.”